Frescoes Uncovered of Nekhbet and Wadjet


From the article:  "These vibrantly colored ceiling frescoes were discovered by German and Egyptian scholars in the Temple of Khnum in Esna, Upper Egypt. Professor Christian Leitz from the University of Tübingen says that the reliefs in the middle of the ceiling show 46 images of the Upper-Egyptian vulture goddess Nekhbet and the Lower-Egyptian snake goddess Wadjet.  Both have outspread wings and are represented as vultures. Wadjet is distinguished by the Lower Egyptian crown capped with a cobra, while Nekhbet has a vulture’s head and the white crown of Upper Egypt... 

“Temples and ancient depictions of the gods were often painted in brilliant colors,” adds Leitz, “but these have usually faded or even disappeared totally as a result of external influences.” The colors in the Temple of Khnum at Esna have been covered in dirt and soot for about 2000 years, which has helped to preserve them. Experts were previously unaware of the beauty of the color employed in portrayals of the “Two Ladies,” Nekhbet and Wadjet, which has now been disclosed.  

“From the 1950s, the French Egyptologist Serge Sauneron systematically documented the Temple of Khnum at Esna and the paintings that were visible at that time,” adds Tübingen scientist Dr. Daniel von Recklinghausen, “The temple’s complete range of images is unique in its wealth of figures and the state of preservation of the colors.” A crew led by Ahmed Emam has cleaned, conserved, and recorded more than half of the ceilings and eight of the 18 columns. In addition, the middle section of the ceiling’s two architraves – horizontal beams that support the superstructure – have been cleaned of soot. “For the first time we can see all the decorative elements in relation to one another,” adds Christian Leitz."

(© photo Ahmed Amin / MoTA)


News: Isis Temple Unearthed in Egypt


From the article:  "The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced in a May 4 press statement the discovery of a tower house from the era of King Ptolemy III, in the Gabal El Haridi area in Sohag governorate in southern Egypt. Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry explained . . . “The checkpoint discovered is a mud-brick structure (Tower House) which was built to observe and watch the traffic between nomes borders, collect taxes and secure the boats sailing the Nile.”  He said the temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis during the era of King Ptolemy III (Euergetes) and it is 33 meters (108 feet) long and 14 meters (46 feet) wide, with an axis from north to south.

The ministry statement quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as saying, “The temple consists of an open rectangular hall with four columns in the middle, followed by a transverse hall with two columns in the middle leading to the Holy of Holies, with a staircase on the west wall. The floor of the temple was formed of stone tiles from local limestone.” He stressed the historical importance of the recently discovered temple because it was dedicated to the goddess Isis, a major goddess in the ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread in the Greco-Roman world."

(© photo EMTA)


Full Moon Eclipse


Blessings of the Full Moon eclipse in the sign of Scorpio.
May it gently reveal that which you have hidden from yourself.

(photo © F. Espenak, Nasa website)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


News: Early rock art discovered in Turkey


"Researchers are investigating a subterranean complex made up of an entrance chamber and an upper and lower gallery carved out of limestone bedrock in what is now southeastern Turkey’s village of Basbuk . . . drawings on the walls carry Assyrian religious themes, according to Selim Ferruh Adalı of the University of Ankara, but were adapted to the local Aramaean style. Aramaic inscriptions label images of Hadad, the Assyrian god of storms, rain, and thunder; Atargatis, northern Syria’s goddess of fertility and protection and consort of Hadad; Sin, the moon god; and Samas, the sun god."

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(© photo "Atargatis & Hadad", M. Onal, Antiquity, 2022)


Happy Beltane


Hymn to the Graces
"Hear me, illustrious Graces, mighty named,
From Jove descended and Eunomia famed;
Thalia, and Aglaia fair and bright,
And blest Euphrosyne whom joys delight:
Mothers of mirth, all lovely to the view,
Pleasure abundant pure belongs to you:
Various, forever flourishing and fair,
Desired by mortals, much invoked in prayer:
Circling, dark-eyed, delightful to mankind,
Come, and your mystics bless with bounteous mind."

("Hymns of Orpheus", trans. Taylor; section of "Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


4,500-year-old Goddess statue found


"A Palestinian farmer working his land in Gaza has uncovered the head of a 4,500-year-old statue of Canaanite goddess Anat. . . Rida called the statue 'a symbol for the oldest human civilization that lived in Gaza City.' The statue will go on display at the Pasha's Palace Museum in Gaza in the next few days."

(© photo Mustafa Hassona/Getty Images)


Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Pink Moon in Libra.
May Her rays of beauty spread peace over the Earth.

(© photo J. Jabjainai)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Goddess Cybele's stele from Ephesus to be displayed in Izmir


From the article:
"A 2,200-year-old marble stele unearthed in the ancient city of Ephesus in the Selçuk district of western Izmir province is now on display for the public for the first time since its discovery. Izmir Museum Director Cengiz Topal provided information about the artifact, explaining: 'Cybele is an Anatolian goddess. She symbolizes abundance and fertility. Her dwelling is mostly mountains, reunited with the wild nature. It is a 2,200-year-old piece of art made of marble. The stele of the mother goddess Cybele and her lions, engraved with a relief technique, is 40 centimeters (16 inches) long'."

(© photo DHA)


Blessings of the Spring Equinox


Traditional Pysanky - Ukrainian Berehynia designs

( © painted by Sofika Zielyk)